Everyone involved in a child adoption has some rights, at least until those rights have been changed by a court of law, so it is important that before starting the child adoption process you understand the rights of everyone involved.
The rights of a birth mother are protected in every U.S. state and territory. One of the most important legal rights has to do with the ending of parental rights. This site will allow you to find the requirements of any or all states as well as other rights of a birth mother and birth father.
This site deals with the parental rights of the biological father and husband of a married woman.
Each U.S. state and territory and each adopting country have laws and/or regulations providing for the ending the rights of a birth mother and birth father, and the establishment of the rights of the adopting family and the adoptee. This site will help you understand the rights of an adopting family.
In many states grandparents have legal rights related to their grandchild even if the child is being placed for adoption. It is important for a birth mother, birth father, and adopting family to be aware of the grandparent's rights and other issues related to being a biological grandparent.